Looking Ahead Global Career Development Facilitator

The GCDF: Then, Now, and in the Future

We are excited about the future of the GCDF credential and the continuous learning opportunities for credential holders. The GCDF is recognized globally as the credential that provides professional credibility to career facilitators.

As an organization devoted to providing current and accurate information, below we address many of the questions you have asked.

General Questions

No, the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential, owned and managed by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), is not being phased out nor is it merging with the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP). You may hold either or both credentials.

Yes, CCE continues to recognize NCDA’s 120-hour GCDF training curriculum, 3rd edition. The new 4th edition is under review. There are also other training providers that have a CCE-approved curriculum which can be found on our website at Required Training.

The GCDF credential, formerly known as the Career Development Facilitator (CDF), is owned and managed by CCE. NCDA is one of 14 CCE-approved curriculum providers that offer the required GCDF training.

Credibility & Recognition

  • The GCDF credential is highly recognized within the career development profession. It sends a clear message that a credential holder is well trained and held to a professional standard.
  • CCE continually consults with global experts from a variety of career associations and training organizations to maintain the credential’s relevance and impact.
  • The following states recommend the GCDF in their laws: Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
  • South Carolina requires that career specialists hold a bachelor’s degree and the GCDF credential.


  • Launched in 1997, the GCDF is the world’s most recognized credential in career-development facilitation.

Global Relevance

  • As the name suggests, the GCDF has global reach. Since its inception, nearly 32,000 credentials have been issued in 23 different countries. The credential is designed to be culturally relevant, incorporating norms and best practices within a country or community.

Credibility & Recognition

  • The GCDF requires candidates to adhere to a written and enforceable GCDF Code of Ethics, obtain training, and have professional career development experience.
  • The credentialing period is five years. To maintain an active status during the five years, GCDFs are required to pay a $40 annual maintenance fee and in doing so, agree to abide by the GCDF Code of Ethics. At the end of five years, CCE also requires documentation of successfully completing a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education to maintain certification.

Career Advancement

  • CCE marketing research found that 86 percent of career development professionals who seek the GCDF credential do so to advance their careers and add credibility to their position;
  • 46 percent report it helped them secure their job;
  • 58 percent report it helped them advance their career;
  • 86 percent report it added credibility to their position; and
  • 88 percent report they are satisfied with their credential

(Source: CCE Marketing Data from 2016)

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